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Pound Cake French Toast with Caramelized Bananas - the most decadent French toast! And you won't believe how easy it is!

I feel like the older I get (or perhaps the more kids/dogs I have), the easier I want cooking to be.

I no longer have the time to spend all day in the kitchen making everything from scratch. You guys, there was a time that I actually made yogurt. MADE YOGURT. Who has time for that?

Not me.

So I’m always looking for delicious shortcuts to make my life easier.

Pound Cake French Toast with Caramelized Bananas - the most decadent French toast! And you won't believe how easy it is!

I picked up some Sara Lee® All Butter Pound Cake at Walmart recently. You guys already know I love the All Butter Pound Cake. Remember those fantastic Caramel Apple Shortcakes that I made in the fall?

The. Best.

This time I used it to make the most delicious and yet so easy breakfast!

Pound Cake French Toast with Caramelized Bananas - the most decadent French toast! And you won't believe how easy it is!

The pound cake thaws in the microwave in just 10 seconds per serving which makes it get for quick desserts or breakfasts like this!

So I sliced it thin and then dipped it in an egg mixture, just like regular French toast. While I was doing that, I cooked some bananas in butter and brown sugar so they got all caramelized and delicious. And then I topped it all with whipped cream and maple syrup.

It was perfection. And this is the kind of meal that seems really impressive because WHOA! Caramelized bananas!

But seriously, so simple!

Pound Cake French Toast with Caramelized Bananas - the most decadent French toast! And you won't believe how easy it is!

And the Sara Lee® All Butter Pound Cake just makes the most perfect French toast. It’s moist, the texture is perfect, and it’s made with the finest quality butter and eggs so it tastes great too!

The great thing about the All Butter Pound Cake is that it’s also delicious served alone or topped a variety of different! A great way to bring the entire family together is to set out a toppings bar of ice cream, sauces, fresh fruit, and whipped toppings!

Sara Lee® offers many more pound cake options and they are always in season and perfect for sharing with friends and family – check those out here!

Pound Cake French Toast with Caramelized Bananas - the most decadent French toast! And you won't believe how easy it is!

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Paleo Fudge Pops – a healthy fudge pops recipe! You can’t taste the avocado but it makes them super creamy. Only 6 ingredients! 

Paleo Fudge Pops - a healthy fudge pops recipe! You can't taste the avocado but it makes them super creamy. Only 6 ingredients! #paleo

I’ve played around with paleo ice cream recipes many times and as delicious as they are, they just don’t cut it sometimes. If I’m having ice cream, I like a small ratio of ice cream to a huge ratio of mix ins. I want cookies, candy, potato chips, pretzels, caramel, sprinkles, all of it.

None of which is paleo.

At all.

Not even a little bit.

But I’ve found that with popsicles, I’m a little more forgiving. Especially if they are fudge pops. Because I love a fudge pop.

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PB&J Banana Bread  – peanut butter banana bread with a drizzle of jam and topped with a streusel topping and chopped peanuts. Everything you love about pb&j in banana bread!

PB&J Banana Bread - peanut butter banana bread with a drizzle of jam and topped with a streusel topping and chopped peanuts. Everything you love about pb&j in banana bread!

 

I’m going through this weird sandwich thing right now.

I don’t eat sandwiches often, I’m just really not a fan. Like, twice a year I’ll crave a Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki but that’s basically it. And y’all know I’m addicted to Jimmy John’s but since I get the lettuce wrapped sandwich, I consider that more of a portable salad.

A portable salad with mayo oozing out the sides but a portable salad nonetheless.

In the past two weeks, I’ve had Subway, Jimmy John’s with actual bread, and Schlotzsky’s. Because I want ALL THE SANDWICHES. I even plotted out a route for this week’s Pyrex search that takes me right by a Firehouse Subs since we don’t have one in my part of the city.

It’s bad.

And it gets worse.

On Monday, I walked the kid to school, put the other two in the car and drove straight to Walmart for bagels, chive & onion cream cheese, and…

Spam.

And then I came home and fried the Spam and made a bagelwich.

Something has happened to my brain. That’s the only explanation.

PB&J Banana Bread - peanut butter banana bread with a drizzle of jam and topped with a streusel topping and chopped peanuts. Everything you love about pb&j in banana bread!

How To Make PB&J Banana Bread

Today’s recipe is a not a sandwich but don’t be shocked if you see me instagram a BLT or something equally weird on this PB&J Banana Bread soon.

So yeah, the bread is a delicious peanut butter banana bread but you swirl some jam into the batter and top it with a streusel topping. It may be my favorite banana bread recipe yet. I just loved the little pockets of jam in the bread and who doesn’t love a streusel topping? Especially when it has crunchy peanuts in it?!

Aaaaand, the best part! It’s not one of those annoying recipes that only fills up half a loaf pan! This one was nice and tall!

PB&J Banana Bread - peanut butter banana bread with a drizzle of jam and topped with a streusel topping and chopped peanuts. Everything you love about pb&j in banana bread!

 

More Banana Bread Recipes

Cream Cheese Banana Bread – a classic banana bread recipe with nuts that is made with cream cheese to keep it moist and tender. This is probably my favorite recipe when I want a regular, no fuss banana bread. 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – this one is a chocolate banana bread with chocolate chips mixed in. It’s made with sour cream so it’s super moist and soft. When I want a richer, more decadent banana bread, this is the recipe I make!

S’mores Banana Bread – a classic banana bread recipe that is topped with chocolate chips, graham crackers, and mini marshmallows. If you love s’mores, you have to make this!

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PB&J Banana Bread
from Fall Baking
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas 4 to 5 medium
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/3 cup jam
For the streusel topping:
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Make a well in the center and set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, beat together eggs, mashed bananas, sugar, butter, and peanut butter. Add egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture and stir until all the flour is just moistened; it should be lumpy. Fold in chopped peanuts.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan, spreading evenly. Drizzle with the jam and swirl slightly to marble.
  5. To make the streusel topping, stir together brown sugar and flour. Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in peanuts. Sprinkle this over the bread.
  6. Bake about 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If it starts to get too dark, tent with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking.
  7. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes; remove from pan and let cool completely.

PB&J Banana Bread  - peanut butter banana bread with a drizzle of jam and topped with a streusel topping and chopped peanuts. Everything you love about pb&j in banana bread!

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Is bacon still cool?

Bacon’s always cool, right?

I feel like I can’t keep up with the trends anymore. I’m getting old.

Years ago I told you guys about the time I made those awesome bacon cookies for a football party and none of our guests were brave enough to try them until they saw someone else eat one first. (There wasn’t a cookie left at the end of the night, for the record.)

I don’t understand that reaction. It’s BACON.

If I see something with bacon in it, I want it. I want 10 of them. Because, duh, bacon.

I made these shortcakes and I’m almost positive I’ll get at least 4 “EWWW!” comments but you guys, they are so good. There’s bacon in the cakes and then you make a sauce of caramel, sliced bananas, and more bacon. And then you top it off with peanut butter whipped cream.

Which btw, peanut butter whipped cream? Quite possible the greatest thing on earth. I feel like I had that exact reaction the first time I made peanut butter cream cheese frosting so I don’t know why it took me so long to make peanut butter whipped cream. But it is perfection. Now that I know this, I probably won’t be fitting in my ball dress come December.

You should make these. And when your friends walk in and say “Ewww, bacon shortcakes?” just eat them all yourself. It’ll be more fun that way anyway.

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You guys, my stove is fixed!

A guy came out last week, looked at it, and said “Yeah, I’m gonna have to get someone out here to fix this.”

And I was all, “Waaaaait, I waited here all afternoon for you to come out here to tell me that you were going to have someone come fix it?”

Like I’ve said, the Army is all about efficiency.

So, they sent out their resident stove expert yesterday and all 4 burners immediately lit up when he tried it. The universe really likes to make me look stupid.

But luckily, the next time he tried, none of them turned on.

Five minutes later, he had all the burners working and 2 out of 3 of my children had decided to become “stove fixers” when they grow up.

Stove Saga 2014 is officially over and I will not mention it again! Woohoo!

I made Chocolate Chip Banana Bread to celebrate! I’ve been really craving banana bread for some reason and since the only way to improve banana bread is to add chocolate, that’s what I did. It was so moist and so chocolatey. I’m pretty excited to have another piece later today.

You guys know that my baking pet peeve is quick bread that only takes up about 1/3 of the baking pan. Unfortunately, this one is one of those. Ugh. If you’re like me and like a quick bread that takes up the whole pan, try a couple mini loaf pans instead!

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